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The African Cypher

Bryan Little

South Africa

Documentary, 2012  / original language: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Sotho, Totsi Taal , 89’

2 Jul 2013 - 22:00

Anfiteatro ao Ar Livre

Admission 3 €

Bryan Little’s “The African Cypher” won the Audience Award for Best South African Film at the 2012 Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. Spectacular dance is front and centre in “The African Cypher”. Dance is a lifestyle, a badge of belonging, and a way of succeeding in the ghetto.

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© "The African Cypher", Brian Little

The documentary follows township crews from the Cape Flats to Mamelodi and beyond as they perform, laugh, philosophise and rehearse ahead of The Red Bull Beat Battle. The stunning dance scenes are infectious – quite literally world-beating. Anyone who has ever cringed at some of SA’s Got Talent fools should see this. Backed by an electric, eclectic soundtrack, “The African Cypher” stands as an important barometer of what’s going on in the most important dance laboratory of them all – the street.